Waupun American Legion to honor Dave Weber as Veteran of the Year
WAUPUN – Dave Weber is this year’s choice of the American Legion Veteran of the Year, according to post 210 Commander Bob Patrouille.
Patrouille said Weber has been active in the Legion for 12 years.
“He’s a member of the Honor Guard, helps out at fundraisers like brat fries. He’s my go-to man. He gets it done,” Patrouille said.
Weber graduated from Waupun High School in 1960 and that October joined the Marines.
“I was in boot camp in San Diego, then spent six months infantry training at Camp Pendleton then 12 weeks studying track vehicle maintenance, things like tanks,” said Weber.
Weber was with the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Amtrac Amphibious Tractors Battalion.
During the Cuban Missile Blockade in 1962, Weber was shipped through the Panama Canal to Cuba. His was a supply ship stationed at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
“We were attached to the Navy and were down there from October through February,” said Weber.
In October of 1963 he received an honorable discharge.
From there Weber went to work for Speed Queen in Ripon.
“I was there for 10 years, then became a letter carrier in Waupun for 30 years,” said Weber.
Weber has three sons, Duane, Dennis and Darrin.
Weber was married to Dianne for 50 years. Before she died three years ago, the couple toured 43 states and three Canadian provinces on a motorcycle.
He will be honored as American Legion Post 210 Veteran of the Year on May 28, at the Memorial Day ceremonies being held at Shaler Park 400 N. Madison St, following the 9 a.m. parade.